Hassan Whiteside RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
Hassan Whiteside: Congrats @Goran_Dragic on new deal welcome back to the family and let me borrow 5 dollars ?? lol #HeatNation
The biggest question mark remains the future of Dwyane Wade, but Whiteside is hopeful they can continue working together. “Of course I hope D-Wade stays,” he said. “He’s a great teammate. He’s a really good guy, so I want him to stay, but that’s on him.”
Whiteside is confident he can take advantage of the matchup problems he presents, not the other way around. Should a smaller player such as Warriors forward Draymond Green be tasked to defend him, he plans on taking advantage. “They’re going to have to guard me, too, down there,” Whiteside said. “I’m a little different from (Cavaliers center Timofey) Mozgov. I can score a lot better. “You’ve got to make them pay on the other end. You just can’t feed into the small ball, you’ve just got to really beat them on rebounding and get low-post scoring.”
Dwyane Wade has already attended a graduation and hosted a “reading tournament,” too, and now Hassan Whiteside is getting in on the act. The Miami big man surprised Devin Gantzios at his graduation from the School for Advanced Studies in Miami-Dade County. And Gantzios has a story to tell. The young student has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, yet you could see just how much Whiteside’s presence at the ceremony meant.
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Pat Riley indicated the Heat shouldn’t go more than three or four possessions without getting the ball to Hassan Whiteside and Whiteside should have the mentality of Alonzo Mourning. “If Alonzo didn’t get a touch three or four times down the court, he would put his big hands around my neck verbally or physically,” Riley cracked.
Jason Lieser: #Heat believe they’ll have Whiteside in Miami for “the majority of the summer.” HW also wants to go back to the Charlotte Y & ball a little.
Jason Lieser: #Heat are noncommittal about Hassan Whiteside playing summer league, but no reason for him not to. Might as well get the work.
“He got drafted with DeMarcus Cousins, and DeMarcus had a bad rap at that time and he kind of rubbed off on him as well,” said Gabe Blair, who trained Whiteside this past summer. “But DeMarcus was averaging 20 (points) and 10 (rebounds) a game, so you can deal with a player who has a bad attitude that has 20 and 10 a game. But if you got a player who’s not playing as well, you’re not going to take as much from him. “That’s why he didn’t stay in the league when he got there.”
In just 43 games this season, Whiteside has secured most of the franchise’s single-season rebounds records. Whiteside recorded a triple-double in points, rebounds and blocks in less than 25 minutes against the Bulls in January. He blocks more shots per game than everyone in the NBA except New Orleans’ Anthony Davis. Last week after missing three games, he returned from a freak injury that left him with 10 stitches in his shooting hand. “I’m used to my life being up and down,” Whiteside said, looking down at his mangled right hand, an injury suffered attempting to block a shot the week before. “I knew I was having too many ups, so I had to get a couple downs.”
In today’s NBA, there aren’t many true centers remaining. Beasley estimated there are seven at most, and no one is younger or more athletic than Whiteside, whose two-year, $1.75 million contract is guaranteed only through this season. Now, if he can just get it all together. “He’s a force,” Beasley said. “There are a lot of things that he does that you can’t teach. That’s scary because once you start polishing those things up and teach him what he needs to know, I’m sorry for everybody else.”
There is no timetable for Whiteside’s return, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the team’s center likely would be back for the playoffs. The injury currently is too painful for Whiteside to catch a basketball, according to Spoelstra.
“I don’t even want to catch the ball, to be honest,” he said before sitting out Friday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena, the final game on this four-game trip. “I could play, but I don’t think I’d be that effective. “I don’t think I can rebound or block any shots or even catch the ball.”
“That’s a great honor,” Whiteside said before the Celtics hosted Miami Wednesday. “Everybody knows that Bill Russell is probably one of the best shot blockers that ever lived. That’s really a big honor that he thinks of me that way.”